Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
The month of May brought us warmer weather but, unfortunately,
took my voice! I am on the road to recovery after having lost my voice for several
weeks – I apologize that I have not been as available as I’d like to be for
constituent outreach and community events.
In May, I proudly presented commendations to two incredible Richmond District
long-time gems. I honored the Community Youth Center for APA Heritage
Month; their phenomenal civic engagement program develops youth leadership through
community service by supporting recent immigrants and educating residents and
businesses on disaster preparedness.
And for Small Business Week, I recognized the Plough and the Stars, which opened on
Clement Street in 1975 and has been a beacon in the Irish-American music community.
As one of a handful of live music venues in our neighborhood, the Plough and the
Stars remains a vibrant part of the city’s music scene and an integral
part of the Richmond. In the neighborhood
This month we launched the “Fewer potholes project,” in partnership with SF
Department of Public Works and Richmond District Blog, to engage the
community in identifying potholes in the Richmond in need of
repair. As of Sunday, we received a grand total of 66 submissions,
which have now been passed on to Public Works to begin repairs in June. I also
celebrated with the mayor and Public Works the paving of Fulton Street
(24th Avenue to La Playa), and added another repaving project – the badly
needed repaving of Crossover Drive, which is now in the works.
We hosted the 10th annual Richmond Community Health Festival this year, co-sponsored
by Assemblymember Phil Ting and community partners, including Kaiser Permanente,
Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS), Compassionate Community Care and
Self-Help for the Elderly. We kicked off the festival with lion dancers and
Russian performances and continued with Tai Chi lessons.
More than 500 people attended, predominantly seniors and families, to access
linguistically and culturally competent health resources. More than 50 community
partners were present, offering information about Covered California and
MediCal along with healthy living tips; I personally was able to get my blood
pressure and glucose levels tested.
Thank you to all who came to our district office hours to share concerns and news about
the neighborhood. We have had some great events this month.
The Richmond District Neighborhood Center organized a successful street festival
celebrating women’s art and activism on Clement Street. The Housing Rights Committee
had two events: one to celebrate the purchase of a multi-unit apartment building by the
Community Land Trust, ensuring tenants can stay in their homes; they then hosted a
powerful west-side tenant convention.
I visited the phenomenal Heron Watch program at Stow Lake and also celebrated
with neighbors at the Sutro Elementary School’s Shared Schoolyards event. And I joined
the Balboa Village Merchants Association, Public Works and Muni to cut a ribbon
recognizing the Balboa Village Improvement Project, sprucing up the neighborhood
and contributing to a vibrant business corridor.
Budget, legislative updates
In May, I sponsored two hearings, one on the city’s Language Access Ordinance
and the other on litter and waste. I look forward to discussing the next steps
with city departments and community stakeholders.
On June 26, at City Hall, Room 250, at 1:30 p.m., there will be a hearing on the city’s
Small Sites Acquisition Program. Learn about the city program to acquire small sites
for affordable housing development.
For more information, please contact my aide Nick at (415) 554-7412.
I proudly co-sponsored SF Supervisor Malia Cohen’s resolution calling for a
task force under the city treasurer’s office to study the feasibility of a municipal
bank in San Francisco. A public bank could better represent our values with regards to
investments, and allow us the opportunity to finance large-scale projects in the City, like
100-percent affordable housing,
Infrastructure improvements and community investment.
I hope you join me at an upcoming neighborhood office hours:
- Friday, June 2, 10 a.m. – noon, Park Presidio United Methodist Church, 4301 Geary Blvd.;
- Sunday, June 11, 10 a.m. – noon, Argonne Elementary School, 680 18th Ave.; and
- Friday, June 16, 10 a.m. – noon, Park Presidio United Methodist Church.
May and June are full of celebrations but perhaps none as profound as graduations and
promotions. Congratulations to all the graduates and their families!
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.